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IT Trends: Prognosis for the Next Decade
Dr. Kishore Swaminathan, Director Research, Accenture Technology Labs
Date & Time: May 15, 2006 14:00
Venue: Conference room, 'C'Block, 1st floor, KReSIT
Abstract:

Traditional factors such as cost and quality as well as new factors such as offshore development, platform consolidation, massive data volume, hardware virtualization, increasing cost of managing legacy systems etc. are poised to change the field of Information Technology dramatically in the next decade. In particular, I believe that three major trends will dominate IT over the next several years:

Software will be architected differently: Currently, functional cohesion in complex software is provided by tightly-coupled, monolithic design typified by ERP systems. Service Oriented Architecture or SOA promises to achieve the same through loosely coupled architecture. While SOA can provide significant benefits such as encapsulation, inter-operability, dynamic binding and resistance to change, it also represents a considerably different computational paradigm that will create a number of new technical, research and operational challenges.

Software will be developed differently: Currently, software design and development is essentially a craft practised by craftsmen. But there are technical and economic indicators to suggest that software development will move more and more toward industrialization. On the one hand, mathematical models and metrics will influence the current software development processes; on the other hand, Model Driven Development through Domain-Specific Languages will challenge the current paradigm by separating functional models from computational models, potentially leading to a highly automated process for software development.

Software will be bought and sold differently: New technologies and new business models are beginning to threaten the current economics of software systems and information technology. Software-as-a-service or SaaS (as opposed to software as a product) is gaining traction. Technologies such as RIA (Rich Internet Application) will attempt to create a "network operating system" and make SaaS considerably more appealing to home and business users. Open source - as a social and economic phenomenon - will influence and disrupt the economics of the IT industry.

Speaker Profile:

Dr. Kishore Swaminathan is the Director of Research at Accenture Technology Labs in Chicago where he leads research in the areas of Systems Integration and Software Engineering. With a research background in Computer Science and a business background as the research director of one of the world's largest services company, Kishore has a keen understanding of the interplay between research, business and society. Kishore is a Smithsonian fellow, the primary inventor of over a dozen patents, and the founder of an educational software company (www.artsonia.com). He holds a bachelors degree from IIT Madras and a doctorate from the University of Massachusetts.

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